Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso on Wednesday in Abuja declared his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Addressing a large crowd of supporters at the Chida Hotel, venue of the event, Kwankwaso bemoaned what he described as collective disillusionment, disappointment and the pervasive air of hopelessness in our country.
Kwankwaso said, “I stand on my honour to offer a paradigm shift in leadership. There is no gainsaying that all is not well with the polity. It is also clear that the same mind-set that created and escalated the problems cannot be used in resolving the on-going crises in our nationhood and national development.
“I offer positive change. Change has again become inevitable. To live is to witness changes because change is an inseparable part of living. Come May 2019, the narrative of helplessness, buckpassing, division, poverty, insecurity and hopelessness must change for a new dawn of confidence in building a one well restructured Nigeria.
“I assure you that while I do not have the prophetic power to predict the future. We certainly have in us the ability to create the future that we want”.
He promised to offer a value based leadership anchored on national ethics, discipline, integrity, dignity of labour, social justice, religious tolerance, self-reliance and patriotism.
“I will provide a leadership where everybody is free and equal; where Nigerians see themselves as Nigerians first and as Ibo, Yoruba, Hausa, ljaw, lbibio, Fulani, etc.